10 activities for a stress free morning
Ask your friends how they would wake up every morning, I bet the answers: stress free, with a moment for themselves, in peace and quiet and with enough time to drink a cup of coffee and eat breakfast. But in reality? Most of us stay in bed as long as we can, possibly all day long, we hit the button of our alarm time after time, struggling to open our eyes and if we finally do, we grab our phone and start browsing through social media, checking our email first thing. I think we can all agree that this is not the best way to start your day, right? It is no coincidence that most successful people name raising early as one of the key habits to their success. Because the first thing you do in the morning will ultimately define your day. And a good morning routine will help you to accomplish your goals and it will give you the positive energy you need to experience a stress free, happy day. Now to help and inspire you to create your morning routine we collected 10 activities for you to incorporate into your morning.
The night before: make your place comfortable
If you want to get up early, you need to start prepping the night before. You probably want a calm, peaceful and good night sleep, right? In order to get that, you need to make sure your surrounding is just that: calm, peaceful and welcoming. So before you go to bed tonight take a look at your room, is there anything lying around in a place that it doesn’t belong? Do you have everything you need for the next morning? Did you prep a glass of water for the next morning (see point three)? Open up the window to get some fresh air. Take a little moment to clean up everything that is lying around. Turn off your laptop and put your phone on flight mode.
Getting up and stretching it out
The moment your alarm goes on and you reach out to turn it off, it is time to stretch it out. You can start while you are still lying in bed by simply wiggling your toes, your hands and arms and continue as you get out of bed. When you are into yoga or have been meaning to try it out, now is the perfect moment to do some sun salutations – they are called this way for a reason, right? No matter what you do, a little bit of movement and stretching will help to waken up your body and turn on your inner engine.
It is no secret that our body needs to be hydrated in order to function as its best. Now after you slept around 7 to 9 hours, your body will be dehydrated when you wake up. So drinking water first thing in the morning will help you to find the right energy and gain mental clarity. So as you are stretching your body, you might want to reach for your water bottle and drink at least one glass.
One of the best exercises to gain clarity and focus in your day to day life is meditation. It is an incredibly powerful daily practice. There are various different apps or YouTube videos out there that you can try out and stick with the one that suits you best. Meditation practice tends to sound intimidating, but really all you need is a few minutes of time and a place to sit down. As you continue to meditate for around 10 minutes each morning you will quickly see how much easier it becomes.
While it is no secret that a positive life comes from a grateful heart, we still tend to get easily caught up in negative energy, self-doubt and fearful thoughts throughout our day. So why don’t we steer against it first thing in the morning? Simply ask yourself after your meditation or maybe while you are journaling: What am I grateful for right now, in this moment? You can name anything that comes to your mind – no matter how easy or small it is.
Apart from writing down what you are grateful for, it is a great way to start your day with a little bit of free writing. You can write whatever you want. Anything that comes to your mind. There is no judgement. It’s just a big brain dump of everything that’s going on in your mind. You will see as you continue to take a few minutes to journal in the morning how writing will become easier, you will become calmer and your mind will gain clarity.
As you are journaling you might also want to bring a little bit of structure to your day by writing out the to do’s and goals for your day. It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t need a lot of equipment to start. All you need is a pen and paper and you are good to write down the task that you need and want to accomplish today. Don’t overload you to do list. Keep it realistic. And a little extra tip: Choose your top three priorities. Those will be the most important to do’s on your list and need to get crossed off first. With you top priorities you also know exactly where to start, with the number one. And then you can slowly cross item after item off.
Read your Vision Poster
Now as you are planing ahead and structuring your day, you might also take a moment to visualize your life goals and remember why you are doing what you are doing. A great tool for that is the Vision Poster that will help you gain clarity and determination for your day. Having a vision is the foundation for your personal success - but only if you remind yourself of it on a daily basis. So what better way than to do so during your morning routine? This way you will be motivated first thing in the morning and use that motivation to take action rigth away.
Eat a yummy and healthy breakfast
We probably all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it will bring you the right energy for all of your daily task. So instead of grabbing a sandwich at your local bakery or eating your oatmeal while also getting dressed, give yourself enough room to prepare a nice breakfast, actually sit down at your kitchen table and enjoy this first meal of the day in a little bit of peace and quiet.
Create a morning routine
Whatever you decided to do to start in your morning routine, make a habit out of it. Do what makes you happy and do it every day. Do it every day. Create a morning routine and let your morning ritual become a key element to your good life.